Nuclear debate

Paul Barry, Mediawatch, 24 June 2019 (transcript) A pro-nuclear power push from conservative media voices plays down the cost, while Andrew Bolt criticises the Chernobyl mini-series. BORIS SHCHERBINA: I’m pleased to report that the situation in Chernobyl is stable. In terms of radiation, I’m told it is the equivalent of a chest x-ray. VALERY LEGASOV: […]

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Fukushima, the ‘nuclear renaissance’ and the Morrison Government

By Helen Caldicott, Indepedent Australia, 25 June 2019 Now that the “nuclear renaissance” is dead following the Fukushima catastrophe, when one-sixth of the world’s nuclear reactors closed, the nuclear corporations – Toshiba, Nu-Scale, Babcock and Wilcox, GE Hitachi, Cameco, General Atomics and the Tennessee Valley Authority – will not accept defeat, nor will the ill-informed Morrison Government. […]

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What’s more chilling: watching Chernobyl or cogitating the cost of going nuclear?

The sudden push by the Murdoch media and Coalition right-wingers to overturn Australia’s nuclear power ban ignores the chilling economic cost —  huge public subsidies, storing radioactive waste for thousands of years, the heavy costs of decommissioning and, potentially, radiation-related health costs. Veteran nuclear writer Noel Wauchope reports on the popular TV series, Chernobyl, and […]

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Bad Energy

Independent Australia (IA) is thrilled to present Dr Helen Caldicott — Australian physician and famed anti-nuclear campaigner. In 2012, IA was the first to report the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and has continued to alert the public to the perils of the nuclear industry. With the re-elected Coalition intent on revisiting nuclear power, Dr Caldicott will […]

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The fallout from nuclear nations

Fred Pearce’s book Fallout is a fascinating insight into a few of the disastrous episodes which took place during the hasty and ill-informed projects of the nuclear age, Dr Helen Caldicott says. Guest Dr Helen Caldicott Paediatrician; President, Helen Caldicott Foundation   Presenter Robyn Williams Producer James Bullen Go to https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/the-nuclear-nation-fallout/11041808, where you can lsiten […]

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Put on your pearls and pummel ‘em!

By Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear International, 14 April 2019 Dr. Helen Caldicott: the anti-nuclear movement’s most fearless and indefatigable matriarch I have nothing against Birkenstock sandals. Well, not much anyway. Nor tie-dye really. Nor, do I think, does Dr. Helen Caldicott. But there was a time — and maybe there still is — when […]

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How Do You Justify a $750 Billion Budget?

By William J. Astore, Antiwar.com,  posted on April 09, 2019 I grew up on a steady diet of threat inflation. Before I was born, bomber and missile “gaps” had been falsely touted as showing the Soviet Union was ahead of the U.S. in developing nuclear-capable weaponry (the reverse was true). But those lies, which vastly […]

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Fukushima: “An Ongoing Global Radiological Catastrophe”. “A Huge Coverup”.

The eight year anniversary of the triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility passed mostly without comment in mainstream media circles. In spite of ongoing radiological contamination that will continue to spread and threaten human health for lifetimes to come, other stories dominate the international news cycle. The climate change conundrum, serious though it […]

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Woman in 90s still works for peace through activism

by Eric E. Harrison, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 3 March 2019 Jean Gordon has been actively advocating for peace for more than four decades. “At least as far back as the ’70s, with the Arkansas Peace Center,” she says. “I was real involved in that.” Her involvement included a project called “Pulaski Priorities,” in which […]

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In My Own Words

By Helen Caldicott, NAPF, 1 February 2019 What got you started on the path to being a nuclear weapons abolitionist? It began back when I was in my teens and read Neville Shute’s novel, On the Beach. It was about a nuclear holocaust that was set in Melbourne. At the end of the book, it […]

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Some European Leaders Want to Prevent US From Killing INF Treaty – Peace Activist

Some European allies want to make last ditch efforts to prevent the arms race that will escalate if the US government exits the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Helen Caldicott, founder of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility told Sputnik. Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone conversation […]

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CIA Ditched Truth Drugs for Direct Torture of Prisoners After 9/11 – Analysts

The CIA appeared to have relied more on outright methods of torture or so-called “enhanced interrogation” techniques rather than using truth drugs after the September 11 terror attacks, University of Illinois Professor of International Law Francis Boyle said.   “After September 11, the CIA decided to engage in outright methods of torture in violation of the International Convention against Torture,” Boyle […]

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Thinking the Unthinkable

B.B. Singer, 26 Aug 2018, Niagara Gazette I recall in the early ‘80s when Jonathan Schell’s book “The Fate of the Earth” came out, long after “On the Beach” had cinematically addressed the same grisly subject of a nuclear holocaust in an era of bomb shelters and such. And I remember (from the ‘80s) Schell […]

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Rogue Regenesys: Dr Helen Caldicott

On 23 August 2018, Rogue Regensys host Andrew Mount interviewed Dr Helen Caldicott. Andrew Mount, your host for Rogue Regenesys, examines the assumptions, limitations and failures of the current economic paradigm, aiming to highlight poignant alternatives and proposing real solutions.     In an era of spiralling debt-crises and an uncertain ecological future, we are […]

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US Nukes: Our Biggest Challenge

By Maud Easter, timesunion on July 20, 2018 In recent years, our fear about nuclear weapons has focused on whether new countries will join the club – on Obama’s successful efforts to prevent Iran from going nuclear (unfortunately now being undermined by Trump) and on Trump’s more helpful opening dialog with North Korea on getting rid of […]

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World’s largest book about peace on display

The Big Book: Pages for Peace exhibit, featuring the world’s largest book about peace, opened July 11 at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough. The exhibit will run through Dec. 31. The Big Book exhibit has a big goal: to share a profound message of hope and peace and engage young people, teachers, and visitors of […]

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Is space for wonder or for war?

By Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear International, 20 June 2018 “What country is that?” asked Congressman Elijah Cummings on Tuesday, outrage choking his voice with emotion. Cummings, a Congressman from Maryland, could have been asking his question about any number of policies. In this case it was about the internment of children at the US border. […]

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The Malfeasance of the US Military. Fallible and Negligent Men Armed to the Teeth with Missiles and Nuclear Bombs

By Dr. Helen Caldicott, Global Research, 8 June 2018 In 2015, ninety-two American missile officers were suspended because they had been cheating, taking drugs, or sleeping in the missile silos. These men are employed to guard and to operate 150 nuclear missiles at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming which constitutes one-third of the […]

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Straight talk from down-under

By Dan Drollette Jr, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 26 April 2018 During the darkest days of World War II, US Army general Joseph Stilwell earned the nickname “Vinegar Joe” for his brilliant, blunt, bracing, leadership style. Stilwell’s tough, honest assessment of a disastrous military campaign in Asia captured the imagination of the American public, and […]

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US Arms Exports Expansion Result of Military Complex Pressure – Peace Activist

The Trump administration’s easier new rules for high tech weapons sales directly to foreign countries is a victory for giant US defense contractors to increase their profits, international peace activist Dr. Helen Caldicott told Sputnik on Friday. “Relaxation of restrictions and laws to inhibit the sale of drones and other weapons on an international scale is clearly a result […]

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The Fight for Nuclear Deterrence Goes Local

By Alastair Boone & Sarah Holder, Citylab, 26 March 2018 Some cities and states are taking their own initiative to protect the world from a U.S. trigger finger. And they’re mostly led by women. Dropping an atomic bomb doesn’t happen as fast as it does in the movies. There’s no room with a red, shiny […]

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The Continuing Relevance of “On the Beach”

“It frightened the hell out of me. I’m still frightened.” These words mark the reaction of a young Australian named Helen Caldicott to a story of the aftermath of mistaken nuclear war, in which those who never even took sides were faced with the slow advance of deadly nuclear radiation on their shores. On the Beach, […]

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Doomsday Clock ticking but prediction remains difficult

By Tom Switzer, Sydney Morning Herald, 30 January 2018 For seven decades, the Chicago-based Bulletin of Atomic Scientists group has kept a symbolic device called the Doomsday Clock. Its purpose is to warn humankind about the prospects of apocalypse. At the onset of the Cold War, in 1947, the clock was set at seven minutes […]

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Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg on Trump, press freedom and nuclear secrets on RN Breakfast

Daniel Ellsberg, the man described as the most famous whistleblower of the 20th century talks about Spielberg’s new film The Post, press freedom, Donald Trump, and why he didn’t leak thousands of top-secret nuclear war documents. Listen to the interview with Radio National’s Fran Kelly at http://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgjGBPMbPV?play=true.  

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SA’s medical marvel who cheated death, defiant to the end

Roy Eccleston, The Advertiser, January 19, 2018 WHEN Vilma Taylor’s seven-month-old baby Brad was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 1964, the specialist assured her he’d be dead before long. “They said when he was born that five years of age would be his limit,” Vilma, now 86, says. “The specialist said it was a waste of […]

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Are We Creeping Toward A Nuclear Disaster?

The prospect of nuclear war. How serious is it? This hour, Australian anti-nuclear activist and writer Dr. Helen Caldicott shares her answer to that question. We also check in with experts from the Cato Institute and UConn. And we want to hear from you. North Korea, the U.S., Russia, China — how do you interpret the recent stream […]

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Are We ‘Sleepwalking to Armageddon’ With Nuclear Weapons?

Dr. Helen Caldicott joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about her work opposing nuclear weapons. Nobel Peace Prize laureates — such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Theresa, and Nelson Mandela — are people who have been recognized for their exceptional efforts to end violence and oppression around the globe. This year, the prize goes to the International Campaign […]

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There Is a New Urgency to the Threat of Nuclear Annihilation

By Helen Caldicott, The New Press | Book Excerpt In the following excerpt from her introduction to Sleepwalking to Armageddon, pioneering anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott explains why nuclear catastrophe is still a very real and pressing danger to humanity. Despite Donald Trump’s vows to seal the US border and eradicate ISIS, the real terrorists of […]

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Trump’s New Afghan Strategy May Generate Increased Global Terror

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — President Donald Trump’s decision to keep US troops in Afghanistan, reversing his campaign pledges to withdraw from conflicts around the world, will backfire and create many more dedicated terrorists instead, global peace activist Dr. Helen Caldicott told Sputnik. In his August 21 speech, Trump unveiled what he called a new US strategy in Afghanistan that would focus on destroying Taliban and other […]

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Callous US Training Policies Led to Killing of Iraqi Civilians

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Iraqi army division trained by the United States government allegedly executed several dozen prisoners in Mosul’s Old City, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced last week. “US training policies made no distinction to spare civilians in war situations that themselves had been caused by the toppling of previously peaceful and stable governments,” Caldicott said. Such outrages were the result […]

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US ‘Childish’ Missile Interceptor Test Serves to Alarm N Korea – Peace Activist

A recent anti-missile test by the US is designed to make North Korea worry further that Washington is planning “significant military action” against it, peace activist Helen Caldicott told Sputnik. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The interception of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) over the Pacific Ocean last week was a needless provocation to North Korea by US President Donald Trump’s administration, […]

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The Peace Movement

The Beginning and End of Nuclear Disarmament Campaigning in Vancouver Christine Kim, University of British Columbia Abstract The Peace Movement was an active political campaign promoting total nuclear disarmament during a period in history where the two most powerful nations in the world seemed to be just one step away from blowing each other up, and, […]

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Trump, Pentagon ‘Sleepwalking to Armageddon’ With War Policies

Sputnik News, 15-04-2017 US President Donald Trump’s neoconservative advisors are pushing the United States towards nuclear war through military adventurism and fueling tensions with Russia, co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and activist Helen Caldicott told Sputnik. On Thursday, the United States dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in the US military arsenal targeting terrorist underground […]

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Trump’s Strikes in Syria: ‘The World Is on Tenterhooks Awaiting His Next Move’

Sputnik News, 12-04-2017 Global peace campaigner Helen Caldicott said that in the light of recent attack on Syria, it is “absolutely terrifying” that US President Trump has a control of huge conventional and nuclear arsenal. President Donald Trump’s decision to attack Syria with cruise missiles last week made the prospect of his control of the US conventional and strategic […]

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Fukushima Radiation, What Prospects for Humanity

“Do not go to Japan. Do not under any circumstances take your children to Japan, because you don’t know what you’re eating and where the food is sourced… And the Japanese are trying now to export their radioactive food to London and elsewhere. Taiwan has refused to receive it. But, it’s dangerous and it’s going […]

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The Fukushima nuclear meltdown continues unabated

Dr Helen Caldicott, explains recent robot photos taken of Fukushima’s Daiichi nuclear reactors: radiation levels have not peaked, but have continued to spill toxic waste into the Pacific Ocean — but it’s only now the damage has been photographed. RECENT reporting of a huge radiation measurement at Unit 2 in the Fukushima Daichi reactor complex does not signify that […]

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Thirty Seconds To Midnight – The Final Wake Up Call

Filmmaker Regis Tremblay states what few others dare to say. Humanity is on the brink of extinction! Nuclear power is not safe. 48 of America’s nuclear power plants are leaking and there is no way to get rid of nuclear waste. America’s reckless provocations of both Russia and China, two nuclear-armed countries, risk a nuclear […]

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Peace Activist: US Congressional Study on Wiping Out Russian Leader ‘Ridiculous’

The US Congress’s request to American intelligence agencies to evaluate the “survivability” of Russian and Chinese leaders after a nuclear attack is absurd, global peace activist Helen Caldicott told Sputnik. The comprehensive study recently mandated by Congress will be carried out by the US intelligence agencies and by STRATCOM, US Strategic Command which is in charge of nuclear forces, according […]

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Interview on Radio 531pi

Radio 531pi has been serving our Pacific communities on the AM band since 1993. Our team of broadcasters aim to provide news, views and interviews keeping you informed about the latest sports, current events, and issues affecting our Pacific communities. This interview with Dr. Caldicott was recorded on 16 Nov 2016. Radio 531pe’s website is […]

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US-NATO ‘Buildup on Russian Border Could Lead to Nuclear War’ – Nobel Laureate

US political leaders have falsely accused Moscow of threatening NATO member states while the alliance aggressively builds up military forces on Russia’s border, Nobel Peace Prize winner and global peace activist Helen Caldicott told Sputnik. On Thursday, US Secretary of Defense nominee James Mattis told a Senate committee in confirmation hearings that NATO must build capacity in eastern […]

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